The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

December 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making.

Then he drags a naive young guard into the center of a political maelstrom. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king’s caprice, but his contempt for Eugenides slowly turns to grudging respect. Though struggling against his fate, the newly crowned king is much more than he appears. Soon the corrupt Attolian court will learn that its subtle and dangerous intrigue is no match for Eugenides.

This is by far my favorite book in the Queen’s Thief series, which isn’t surprising since each installment has gotten progressively better. Just as in The Queen of Attolia, there are some changes in the point of view used. Though we still get to peek in on Eugenides from time to time, most of the novel is narrated by Costis, a young member of the Queen’s Guard. Since we all are familiar with the greatness that is Eugenides, it’s kind of neat to get to see Eugenides transform in his perspective from an incompetent, weak, puppet king to someone incredibly strong, clever, and worthy of the respect of not only Costis, but all of Attolia.

Though at times I felt like more of a bystander to Eugenides’ experiences than an active participant, I did enjoy seeing events unfold from Costis’ eyes. I found him quite a likeable character, despite the fact that he scorned my Eugenides at first, honest in all his dealings, as well as acting with honor (save when he made the mistake of decking the king out of anger. Whoops.).

Though you may wonder from time to time just what he is up to, Eugenides is at his typical clever self in this novel. Just you wait until it all plays out. I don’t want to give away too much, but be on the look out for the best. sword. duel. ever. It made me so proud of my man, let me tell you.

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